Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins Betting Preview
The Indianapolis Colts will travel to Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday afternoon to take on the Miami Dolphins in an NFL Week 4 matchup. The Colts are 0-3 this season and are coming off a 25-16 road loss against the Tennessee Titans.
Carson Wentz struggled as he went 19-of-37 for 194 yards without a touchdown or an interception. The Dolphins are 1-2 this year and are coming off a 31-28 overtime road loss against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Jacoby Brissett had a decent game as he went 32-of-49 for 215 yards without a touchdown or an interception either.
Let’s take a deeper dive into these struggling franchises to determine where we should bet on this game here.
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Betting Odds & Betting Lines
According to BetUs, Miami Dolphins are coming into the match as favorites, priced -130 to win the match, while Indianapolis Colts are +110 to get the W. The spread is set at 2.00 points, with the Dolphins -110 to cover, while the Colts are -110 to keep the game close.
As for those interested in totals betting, the line is set at 42.50 points, with the -110 betting odds being offered for both over and under options.
Bovada has the exact same betting odds across all of the three main betting markets.
Cleaning Up Nice
The Indianapolis Colts have been trying to figure out how to be a good passing team, and it helps when you have a player like wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. So far this season, he has 17 catches for 220 yards (12.9 yards per reception) without finding the end zone.
In his last game against the Titans, he finished with six catches on 12 targets for 68 yards (11.3 yards per catch). If Indianapolis can figure out how to get more throws his way, it will really help Wentz out here.
The Indianapolis Colts have not been a great defensive team this season as they are allowing 26.7 points per game. In their last game against the Tennessee Titans, they gave up 25 points on 368 total yards of offense (188 passing, 180 rushing). They struggled at getting key stops as the Titans finished 6-of-12 on third down and converting their only fourth down attempt.
The Titans ran the ball well, as they usually do with a running back like Derrick Henry, as the Colts gave up 4.9 yards per carry. If Indy can figure out how to get stops on key plays, it will be huge for the mentality of the franchise.
Waddle to the End Zone
The Miami Dolphins have been trying to solidify a passing game despite having an injury at the quarterback position, but rookie wide receiver Jaylen Waddle has been leading the way.
So far this year, he has 22 catches for 167 yards (7.6 yards per reception) and a receiving touchdown. Looking at the last game against the Raiders, he had 12 catches on 13 receptions for just 58 yards (4.8 yards per catch). If he can figure out how to get some yards after the catch, it will do wonders for their offense.
The Miami Dolphins have been struggling a bit on the defensive side of the field as they are giving up 27.3 points per game. Looking at their last game against the Las Vegas Raiders, they gave up 31 points on 497 total yards of offense (357 passing, 140 rushing).
The Raiders were converting third downs as they went 8-of-15 there. However, Derek Carr had a huge game as he threw for 386 yards with a pair of touchdowns. If the Dolphins secondary can step up here, it will be able to pick up a home win here.
Carson Wentz is dealing with injuries on both of his ankles, and there is still no T.Y Hilton. Plus, they are trying to trade away running back Marlon Mack, so they are not having their full offensive arsenal there.
There are not supposed to be many points in this game, and the lines are representing this as well.
The Colts are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games, while the Dolphins have covered the spread in their last eight home games against teams with a losing road record.
All in all, go with the Miami Dolphins covering at home, as they should win by at least a full field goal here.